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Mercedes shows its first electric MPV

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:40pm

Mercedes has shown off its new EQV, the second fully-electric model from the German car maker, and its first all-electric MPV.

The next member of the Mercedes EQ family combines emissions-free mobility with impressive driving abilities, high functionality and aesthetic design as the first fully-electric premium MPV from Mercedes-Benz.

The technical highlights include a range of 405 kilometres (that’s a provisional figure for now) and the rapid charging of the high-voltage battery from 10 to 80 per cent in less than an hour.

The Mercedes-Benz EQV also offers ultimate comfort in the interior and unparalleled flexibility. Customers can also choose between two different wheel bases.

“Our MPVs meet the highest standards in terms of functionality and variability. The EQV also does not compromise in this respect. It offers comfortable handling, dynamic electro-aesthetics, intuitive operation and generous space – and all locally emissions-free. This means that it offers all of the typical qualities of the brand and segment that our customers expect, whether as a family car or a shuttle vehicle with a lounge-like character,” says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

As a series-produced vehicle, the EQV is fully integrated into the production operations of the plant in Vitoria in northern Spain, where the V-Class and Mercedes-Benz Vito (which share a chassis and structure with the EQV) are also made. This facilitates flexible and synergetic production in direct correlation with customer demand.

The electric drive train (eATS) of the Mercedes-Benz EQV is situated on the front axle under the dynamic front end of the car with a charging connection in the bumper. It has a peak output of 150 kW.

The electric motor, the transmission with a fixed gear ratio, the cooling system and the power electronics constitute a highly integrated, compact unit. The power is provided by a lithium ion battery under the floor of the vehicle.

Its low, central location also has a positive effect on the handling characteristics of the EQV. A top speed of up to 160 km/h also ensures that you quickly get to where you are going outside an urban environment.

As standard the Mercedes-Benz EQV is equipped with a water-cooled on-board charger (OBC) with a capacity of 11kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

The battery, which has a usable capacity of 90kWh, facilitates a maximum range of 405 kilometres (provisional figures).

The installation of the battery in the space below the floor means that all of the space is available, with no impact on the interior of the vehicle. This means that the fully electric MPV from Mercedes-Benz also meets the highest standards in terms of functionality and variability and covers a large number of applications.

In the private sphere, for example, families benefit from a multitude of seating configurations as well as a good conscience from producing zero local emissions. Six individual seats, on the other hand, turn the Mercedes-Benz EQV into a representative shuttle vehicle that meets all of the requirements for the high-quality transportation of people with a comfortable and particularly quiet driving experience.

The flexible installation of individual or bench seats also allows the EQV to be converted into a seven or even an eight-seater.

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